T153. Iron Sukashi Tsuba. Musashino.
T153. Iron sukashi tsuba with the theme of Musashino. 6.7 x 6.8 x .6 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana measures .75 x 2.6 cm. The tsuba is signed, “Choshu Ju Masashige (I think).” This doesn’t look like a Choshu tsuba to me but what do I know. Thicker than usual plate with prominent tekkotsu on the rim. Musashino is the plains of Musashi Province, after a battle. Dew on the grass and a fallen abumi (stirrup) to remind us of the cost of war. Condition is excellent. $225.